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...Ther is some very good advice in this forum
Also, NJLawman, don't forget the tons of information that is available on the AdWords site itself. Honestly, AdWords is a program that works best for those who deeply understand it, and there aren't really any short cuts. It's a matter of learning as much as you can up front, then working/experimenting with the program until you get comfortable with it.
Three good resources to be aware of:
The searchable AdWords Help Center:
Demos and Guides:
AdWords Learning Center: